Unmanned Aerial Systems

Jammie Wutzke
CPS Tangent

Yesterday I attended a Precision Farming Forum on Unmanned Aerial Systems sponsored by the Yamhill County Commissioners.  The event was very well attended by growers, crop consultants, technology experts, and business entrepreneurs.  There was a tremendous amount of excitement with the opportunities to be able to use unmanned aircraft (or Drones). National and Local experts spoke and the group got to see Roswell Flight Test Crew demonstrate vertical take off and observed live video feed of color and infrared (Heat sensing) from the unit in flight. There are many hurdles ahead on legalizing the use of Unmanned Aerial Systems commercially in the United States: public perception, seek and avoid technology for the public safety, new rules and requirements from FAA, insurance, privacy and the list goes on.  Regardless of the restrictions at present, people are jockeying for position in business and are beyond thrilled to tackle applications in a new way.  Just think of ordering an item on-line and receiving it the same day, Amazon is already working on it! We are headed into some exciting times!